It took me a long time to read this book. It is written in very prosaic language and the plot takes a long time to get into gear. I persevered and it was a slog, but I’m kinda/sorta glad I did. The very ordinariness of the setting and characters which seemed so boring for most of the novel, is actually what ended packing a major punch by the end of the novel. I think it would have been a better read if it had been shorter, but without giving anything away, the story has stuck with me.